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ERIC Number: EJ828734
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 68
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4308
Science Motivation Questionnaire: Construct Validation with Nonscience Majors
Glynn, Shawn M.; Taasoobshirazi, Gita; Brickman, Peggy
Journal of Research in Science Teaching, v46 n2 p127-146 Feb 2009
This study examined how 770 nonscience majors, enrolled in a core-curriculum science course, conceptualized their motivation to learn science. The students responded to the Science Motivation Questionnaire, a 30-item Likert-type instrument designed to provide science education researchers and science instructors with information about students' motivation to learn science. The students' scores on the Science Motivation Questionnaire were reliable and related to students' high school preparation in science, GPA in college science courses, and belief in the relevance of science to their careers. An exploratory factor analysis provided evidence of construct validity, revealing that the students conceptualized their motivation to learn science in terms of five dimensions: "intrinsic motivation and personal relevance", "self-efficacy and assessment anxiety", "self-determination", "career motivation", and "grade motivation". Women and men had different profiles on these dimensions, but equivalent overall motivation to learn science. Essays by all of the students explaining their motivation to learn science and interviews with a sample of the students were used to interpret Science Motivation Questionnaire scores. The findings were viewed in terms of a social-cognitive theory of learning, and directions for future research were discussed. (Contains 4 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
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Language: English
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